14 May – Metro Devils v Surrey VICC
With the home skipper laying on very pleasant warm sunshine for the enjoyment of the visiting crowd while also displaying vision and innovation in captaincy to match that of the newly appointed England test coach, this was set to be a great game from the start.
Sadly, we will never discover the detail of his innovation for overs twenty-three and twenty-four as the match ended one ball before he needed to declare his plans.
Six total overs had been bowled, and Alan was completing the sixteenth over of the front-line partial bowlers when the visitors again picked out Nick in the deep, and his throw was gathered in by Chris to complete a fifth run out and a 25 run victory.
The start was not great, however, as Hassan was unable to spin the coin to land on the opposite side to that called by Surrey, who knowing victory is easier batting second, elected to field.
The Devil’s start was not as they hoped for as the visiting captain ran out Prem in just the third over, and Amit was bowled the next over with the score of 26.
Everton joined Chris, and this pair almost reached the drinks break with Chris playing some very pleasant drives and Everton looking to switch hit through third man. Chris was bowled by Lois, and the skipper came in to steady the innings tottering on 65.
However, Everton was trapped leg before to give Lois a second wicket and soon followed back to the bench by Shiv. Shiv had been given a life after managing to hit a wide and get caught in the covers by Dave Allen but did not learn to keep the ball down and offered another chance that was taken by Lois just three balls later.
At 84, Anil joined the captain for the partnership of the innings as they completed a 58 run stand before Hassan skied one to Lois, trying to up the scoring rate – doubtless thinking of both the total to defend and a fourth batting point.
At that point, there was a collapse as three more wickets fell for just nine runs. The third batting point just secured Nick joined Alan at the crease, and his 16 from 9 balls before being trapped LBW by the visiting skipper, while recovering his breath from an all run four, ended the innings three balls short of the full allocation.
Tea was back at that point – served at the scorebox in the traditional way and enjoyed by all as Hassan thanked everyone for a hard fought first half of the game and looked forward to the second half. Surely he was one of the few confident that 167 could be defended, but why should any of us doubt him?
The field carefully set Rob came in to bowl the opening ball from the scorebox end; it bounced on Lois, who pulled it towards midwicket when Nick steadied himself to hold on to a tumbling catch.
Quite a good start, it seemed, but then just three balls later, the ball again went to Nick, and the visitors attempted to open the scoring only for the other opener, Scott, to be run out without having faced a ball!
Truth is stranger than fiction and Rob’s dreams as the next ball was looped straight up into the air off the bat with Prem taking a simple catch. A wide rather spoilt the over which ended with a dot; the score 1 for 3! Then just like busses, along comes another over, starting with a wicket as Everton catches George and a second over goes by with just a wide scored.
Surrey can only improve, and Dave Allen scores a very quick 27 before he nicks one from Ahmed through to the keeper, so 39 for 5. This brings the visitors captain to the crease to share a 50 run partnership with Joshua before Nick completes an LBW dismissal that had been started in Ahmed’s first over.
Surrey’s hopes seemed to hang on Dave staying in and finding support from others. Leanne was batting well in support when Dave was run out three short of a half-century by a direct hit from Anil at mid-on. Forty-six needed with almost ten overs left and three wickets in hand, and the tension mounted.
Metro fielded well to allow them to complete victory with three run outs as Surrey seemed unable to judge a safe run as several opportunities looked to be turned down until that final moment allowed the Devils to celebrate a 23 point win that lifts them to the top of the league table.
Cricket coming up – Metro face national league leaders Sussex away next Saturday, and then Devils play Dorset at Highgate on the 11th of June.
Match report by Paul Toplis
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